Forty-Five Things I Learned in the Gulag


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. I discovered that the world should be divided not into good and bad people but into cowards and non-cowards. Ninety-five percent of cowards are capable of the vilest things, lethal things, at the mildest threat
USSR  dissident 
20 days ago by elizrael
30. I discovered that the world should be divided not into good and bad people but into cowards and non-cowards. Ninety-five percent of cowards are capable of the vilest things, lethal things, at the mildest threat.
god  hope  courage 
28 days ago by kwlblt
For fifteen years the writer Varlam Shalamov was imprisoned in the Gulag for participating in “counter-revolutionary Trotskyist activities.” He endured six of those years enslaved in the gold mines of Kolyma, one of the coldest and most hostile places on earth. via Pocket
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5 weeks ago by keithprime
Shalamov claimed not to have learned anything in Kolyma, except how to wheel a loaded barrow
amortization  coward  why  living  life 
5 weeks ago by bekishore
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5 weeks ago by tswaterman
«I understood that a writer has to be a foreigner in the questions he is dealing with, and if he knows his material well, he will write in such a way that nobody will understand him.»
history  russia  gulag  writers  writing  authoritarianism  politics 
7 weeks ago by brennen
For fifteen years the writer Varlam Shalamov was imprisoned in the Gulag for participating in “counter-revolutionary Trotskyist activities.” He endured six of those years enslaved in the gold mines of Kolyma, one of the coldest and most hostile places on earth. While he was awaiting sentencing, one of his short stories was published in a journal called Literary Contemporary. He was released in 1951, and from 1954 to 1973 he worked on Kolyma Stories, a masterpiece of Soviet dissident writing that has been newly translated into English and published by New York Review Books Classics this week. Shalamov claimed not to have learned anything in Kolyma, except how to wheel a loaded barrow. But one of his fragmentary writings, dated 1961, tells us more.
history  prison  russia 
7 weeks ago by Aetles
For fifteen years the writer Varlam Shalamov was imprisoned in the Gulag for participating in “counter-revolutionary Trotskyist activities.” He endured six of…
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8 weeks ago by flobosg
I discovered that the world should be divided not into good and bad people but into cowards and non-cowards. Ninety-five percent of cowards are capable of the vilest things, lethal things, at the mildest threat.
8 weeks ago by haruki_zaemon
'I realized that the feeling a man preserves longest is anger. There is only enough flesh on a hungry man for anger: everything else leaves him indifferent. -- I discovered that the world should be divided not into good and bad people but into cowards and non-cowards. Ninety-five percent of cowards are capable of the vilest things, lethal things, at the mildest threat. -- I learned to “plan” my life one day ahead, no more.'
psychology  trauma  joycamp 
8 weeks ago by adamcrowe
Notes from 15 years in Soviet labour camps. “A man becomes a beast in three weeks, given heavy labor, cold, hunger, and beatings The main means for depraving the soul is the cold.” “There is only enough flesh on a hungry man for anger: everything else leaves him indifferent”. “The world should be divided not into good and bad people but into cowards and non-cowards. Ninety-five percent of cowards are capable of the vilest things, lethal things, at the mildest threat”
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9 weeks ago by petulantskeptic
1. The extreme fragility of human culture, civilization. A man becomes a beast in three weeks, given heavy labor, cold, hunger, and beatings.

2. The main means for depraving the soul is the cold. Presumably in Central Asian camps people held out longer, for it was warmer there.

3. I realized that friendship, comradeship, would never arise in really difficult, life-threatening conditions. Friendship arises in difficult but bearable conditions (in the hospital, but not at the pit face).

4. I realized that the feeling a man preserves longest is anger. There is only enough flesh on a hungry man for anger: everything else leaves him indifferent.

5. I realized that Stalin’s “victories” were due to his killing the innocent—an organization a tenth the size would have swept Stalin away in two days.


6. I realized that humans were human because they were physically stronger and clung to life more than any other animal: no horse can survive work in the Far North.
advice  wisdom  death 
9 weeks ago by ramitsethi
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9 weeks ago by sbmandal
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9 weeks ago by jgordon
For fifteen years the writer Varlam Shalamov was imprisoned in the Gulag for participating in “counter-revolutionary Trotskyist activities.” He endured six of those years enslaved in the gold mines of Kolyma, one of the coldest and most hostile places on earth. via Pocket
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9 weeks ago by kkahnharris
For fifteen years the writer Varlam Shalamov was imprisoned in the Gulag for participating in “counter-revolutionary Trotskyist activities.” He endured six of…
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9 weeks ago by evanwalsh